We recently blogged about the early opening sale of the Tune Hotel Paddington. This is the first Tune to enter the competitive Paddington hotels market and was recently toured by London Hotels Insight bloggers who were impressed by its central location (near Oxford Street and Paddington) and its focus on the locality - the hotel even offers special discounts in neighborhood restaurants for people like us who like to save money! Seems like a cool place to stay if you’re looking for a cheap but clean hotel room where you can crash comfortably for a few nights.
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London is one of the most alluring cities in the world. Its historical structures and vast cityscape create a visual masterpiece. Here are six places around the city offering the best views of London - and some of them are free!
This enormous Ferris wheel is located next to the River Thames and definitely worth the £17 investment if this is on your bucket list. Spectacular views of the entire city are visible from the wheel’s highest points. Riders can buy London Eye skip the line tickets to avoid waiting.
Locals and visitors alike often flock to this hill to enjoy picturesque views of the central areas of London and to get some fresh air in the city. Celebrity sightings are common, as many famous people have made their homes in the vicinity.
This iconic bridge spans the River Thames. The observation decks located in the bridge’s two towers provide ideal spots for seeing the city.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Panoramic views of London are visible from this historic church. The cathedral contains several lookout points.
Beautiful scenery of the city is visible from this structure, which is located on the south bank of the River Thames. Views of the city can be seen from its eighth-floor restaurant or from one of its shops.
You can climb up to the Observatory for a free gorgeous view over Docklands and the city centre (pictured above) and visiting can be a free alternative to the London Eye. For other free alternatives to top London tourist attractions, check out the Smitten by Britain blog.
Any of these spots in London offer ideal observation points of the cityscape. People who visit these places will quickly be able to see why London is such a magnificent metropolis and pretty affordable to stay in once you’re armed with the best London hotel deals.
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To celebrate the early opening of the new Tune Hotel, guests can now book windowless rooms for just £19 and rooms with a window for just £25 on the Tune website until 24th June. It’s a real bargain if you or anyone you know needs a last minute budget stay in one of the cheapest and cleanest Paddington hotels! But keep your eyes peeled on the budget chain’s website, as another new Tune will also soon make its entrance in the equally competitive Kings Cross hotels market, and you never know if another early opening discount sale opportunity might pop-up ;)
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Summer is getting closer and closer - although the nice weather is slow to come to London this year. But the glimpses of sunshine have already made some of us think about the best parks in London and there are so many to choose from! Here’s a shortlist of the Top 7 Green Spaces in London we recently came across - be sure to visit at least a few. IF the London weather finally improves ;-)
Pictured above is the St. James’s Park, one of our favourites.
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The Victoria and Albert Museum was founded in 1852 to provide a storehouse of arts and crafts that Victorian manufacturers could fashion their crafts after. However, it soon became a repository of great art despite its very functional original mission. You can definitely get lost in there for hours but you’ll always find something that you’ve missed before when you check out some of the museum’s many treasures. And the best part is: entrance is free!
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Although it goes without saying for Londoners and UK travellers coming regularly to the capital, many overseas tourists are unaware of the importance of getting an Oyster card right away - which entitles you to cheaper fares on public transportation. Furthermore, using buses instead of the overcrowded underground is not only cheaper but also allows you to see the city while travelling.
Two of the most expensive costs in London are generally accommodation and transportation and you can save both time and money by staying in a central location with good access to public transportation, for example in some of the newest budget hotels in Paddington or hotels in Kings Cross.
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One of the most reputable London blogs About London has published an essential Top 10 Free Things To Do in London list - do check it out, it has some brilliant ideas! It includes some of our favourite attractions like the Covent Garden street performers, London street markets, and Westminster Abbey pictured above - regarding the latter you should check out this beautifully illustrated article on the Velvet Escape travel blog.
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The month of May is now upon us and we are excited about the Museums at Night weekend from Friday May 18th to Sunday May 20th, when hundreds of museums and galleries open their doors for special evening events, most of them with free entrance. Pictured above is the British Museum which is a short bus ride from some good value Kings Cross hotels, a well-liked area to stay for bargain-hunting tourists.
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Hotels in London can be ridiculously expensive – not just the rooms but also the extras. So we’re happy to have come across Base2Stay, where a concept of “budget luxury” permeates through both their hotels in Liverpool and London.
One example of this philosophy is the mini kitchen with mini fridge pictured above which you’ll find in all rooms. This means you can buy your food at a cheap supermarket or heat up a takeaway in the microwave to save your pennies which you can then spend on other treats. Unlike the typical snooty hotel which wants to charge you a premium for everything, Base2stay actually encourages you to buy stuff cheaply from outside - for example, they’ve arranged discounts on local restaurants. A pretty neat idea we think.
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